Known for producing craftier, but still affordable six-packs, McCashin’s Brewery is now taking a similar approach to individual cans in the Legacy series.  Aside from the enticing price tag for this 5.9 per cent IPA, there was something that got my attention immediately: 500ml cans!  It proves there’s no logistical reason why I should be deprived of 60ml when craft beer goes from glass bottle to aluminium can.  But as ever, value alone can’t prop up a bad beer, so does this one have the chops? The nose on this certainly checks all the West Coast boxes, with grapefruit, apricot, rockmelon and gentle pine.  Pithy grapefruit is very dominant on the tongue, with a light but still reasonably chewy malt and a drying bitterness.  It might not have the rockstar razzle of a super-premium craft example, but it’s easily 90 per cent of the way there and at damn near half the price ($5.99) of a 440ml can (plus that 60ml extra) the value here is incredible. 

Liberty Juice Bro Hazy Pale Ale

With more citrus than the marmalade factory, this new hazy pale ale (5.2 per cent ABV) from Liberty Brewing goes right to the top of my summer six-pack list.   Bursting with tangerine, mandarin and sweet passionfruit flavours — Joe and the team have taken the best...

Lakeman goes lakeside in Taupō

Lakeman brewery has put aside the idea of a farm-based taproom and opened a waterfront pub in Taupō, called Jimmy Coops — named for brewery owner James Cooper.

Wellington’s original craft brewpub turns 10

When it opened 10 years Fork & Brewer redefined the idea of a brewpub in Wellington, being the first in a wave of new establishments

Abandoned Hazy Pale Ale

Mark Gower has found a go-to summer fridge filler with Abandoned Brewery’s smashable hazy pale ale.

Panhead Sandman Hazy Pale Ale

Just released in six-packs, the strikingly packaged Sandman makes a new addition to the Panhead core range.  Super fresh and juicy aromas of pineapple, passionfruit and melon on the nose.  Delightfully refreshing on the palate, with more tropical and crisp white fruit...

Two shots and a pint: How the NZ beer industry joined the Covid health response

There are many ways to encourage Kiwis to embrace science and get vaccinated — but perhaps none quite as delicious and refreshing as these. Vera Alves reports In the “before times”, a beer label wasn’t a place where you’d expect to find a public health statement. But...